Kongsberg unveils new firefighting simulator for maritime industry

25 January 2019 (Last Updated January 25th, 2019 09:59)

Kongsberg Digital has developed a new simulator to train officers and crew members engaged in the maritime industry in advanced firefighting operations.

Kongsberg unveils new firefighting simulator for maritime industry
K-Sim Safety is developed to offer education on how to prepare for firefighting on-board a vessel. Credit: Kongsberg Gruppen.

Kongsberg Digital has developed a new simulator to train officers and crew members engaged in the maritime industry in advanced firefighting operations.

The new K-Sim Safety solution is developed to offer education on how to prepare for firefighting in line with the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements.

It can help reduce the impact of fire on-board, as well as help plan strategies and tactics to control fire in several parts of the ship in the event of a fire.

K-Sim Safety is capable of delivering practical exercises simulated in a real-life environment.

It comprises two fire team muster stations with a 3D virtual hotel and machinery space application. The system features an interactive 3D walk-through animation of the engine room and four upper decks.

To ensure a highly realistic scene, the simulator includes object and equipment models as well as incidental visuals such as fire and smoke, flooding, and missing persons.

“Maritime training providers can develop a more streamlined safety training strategy with a low investment.”

Kongsberg Digital Maritime Simulation Products vice-president Leif Pentti Halvorsen said: “Traditional fire safety training methods can be complex, costly and time-consuming, placing pressure on both company and crew.

“By migrating training to a simulated environment using K-Sim Safety, ship officers and crew can experience an incident as if it happened in real-life, while maritime training providers can develop a more streamlined safety training strategy with a low investment and increased pedagogical value.”

Development of K-Sim Safety is based on a 3D illustration of a 152,000dwt double hull Suez Max crude oil carrier equipped with seven decks.

The illustration has enabled trainees to evaluate situations and decide on the best response strategy, implement it and then observe the results of their decisions.